Launch of Australian Cave Animal of the Year

We're ready to go!

Cave Animal of the Year was launched on Thursday 3 January 2019 at the 31st conference of the Australian Speleological Federation. The conference is being attended by about 120 speleologists and cavers from around Australia, plus a few who are travelling from overseas to join us. The conference will be in Devonport, Tasmania from 30 December 2018.

Exciting range of products

To help us highlight the wonder of cave animals, we've produced some beautiful products. Our bookmarks, stickers and cups will be available after the launch. You're going to love these. To obtain supplies please email us at: @email

Posters for cave sites

Our posters are awesome. The 2019 cave animal is 'raised' on a jet-black background. We can supply this to cave sites and other public areas promoting caves.
The poster is so lovely that all cave animal lovers will want a private copy. However, we want to get them into places where lots of people will see them and be inspired about cave animals. Please get in touch if you are associated with such a place: @email

Conference to kick-start with cave animal research

Dr David Merritt from the University of Queensland will give the opening address at the 31st conference of the Australian Speleological Federation on 31 December 2018. David will share his research into the genus Arachnocampa in Queensland and Tasmania. (Arachnocampa is the genus that glow-worms are in.)

Dr Merritt will be discussing the light-cycles of glow-worms and how these differ between forest environments and cave environments. In the darkness of caves, glow-worms have developed the ability to synchronise their light and be at their brightest when prey is most active.

After the conference, we'll post more on David's latest research into glow-worm light.